Underwear contraband lands woman in court

Kimberley Fullgrabe, 39, of Hurd Street, Portland, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to trying to smuggle the contraband to her partner Aaron Ellis, who also appeared in the court yesterday on an adjourned matter.

Kimberley Fullgrabe, 39, of Hurd Street, Portland, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to trying to smuggle the contraband to her partner Aaron Ellis, who also appeared in the court yesterday on an adjourned matter.

A WOMAN who attempted to smuggle cigarettes inside underwear into the Warrnambool police cells has been given a stern warning by a magistrate. 

Kimberley Fullgrabe, 39, of Hurd Street, Portland, pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court yesterday to trying to smuggle the contraband to her partner Aaron Ellis, who also appeared in the court yesterday on an adjourned matter.

She was issued with a good behaviour bond by magistrate Peter Mellas. 

The court heard that on March 29 Fullgrabe arrived at the Warrnambool police station to deliver several items of clothes to her partner who was in police custody. 

Police prosecutor Sergeant Sandra Skilton said a thorough police search of the clothing found items inside the elastic lining in a pair of boxer briefs. 

“The items found were three rolled cigarettes, some matches and some striking paper,” Sergeant Skilton said. 

“She admitted bringing the items of clothing in but she denied concealing the items (the contraband).”

Mr Mellas told Fullgrabe her actions were futile and that she had jeopardised her chances of visiting her partner while in custody.

“All for the sake of three cigarettes,” he said.

The magistrate acknowledged the accused may have been under pressure from her partner but warned the simple action could have resulted in mayhem. 

“Maybe a fight could have broken out because he had cigarettes and nobody else did,” Mr Mellas said. 

Defence counsel for Fullgrabe told the court her client had no prior offences.

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